TORONTO, Feb. 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - Banro Corporation ("Banro" or the "Company") (NYSE AMEX:BAA) (TSX:BAA) is pleased to announce the closing of its underwritten private placement of 17,500,000 special warrants of the Company (the "Special Warrants") at a price of C$3.25 per Special Warrant for aggregate gross proceeds of C$56,875,000 (the "Offering"). The Offering was completed through a syndicate of investment dealers.
Each Special Warrant entitles the holder thereof to receive one common share of the Company (a "Common Share"). The Special Warrants are exercisable by the holders thereof at any time for no additional consideration, and all unexercised Special Warrants will be deemed to be exercised on the earlier of: (i) June 25, 2011; and (ii) the third business day after a receipt is issued for a (final) prospectus qualifying the distribution of the Common Shares by the securities regulatory authorities in each of the Provinces of Canada, except Quebec, where the Special Warrants have been sold.
The Company will use its reasonable best efforts to obtain such receipt by March 31, 2011. However, if the Company fails to qualify the distribution of the Common Shares underlying the Special Warrants, by March 31, 2011, then the holders of the Special Warrants will be entitled, subject to approval by the Toronto Stock Exchange, to receive 1.1 Common Shares in lieu of 1.0 Common Share upon the exercise or deemed exercise of the Special Warrants.
The Company intends to use the net proceeds to accelerate the ramp up of the mill at the Twangiza project to 1.7 million tonnes, to expand its exploration program and for general working capital purposes.This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or solicitation of an offer to buy the securities in any jurisdiction. These securities offered have not been and will not be registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from registration requirements. Banro is a Canadian-based gold exploration and development company focused on the development of four major, wholly-owned gold projects, each with mining licenses, along the 210 kilometre-long Twangiza-Namoya gold belt in the South Kivu and Maniema provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (the "DRC"). Led by a proven management team with extensive gold and African experience, the Company is constructing "Phase I" of its flagship Twangiza project. Banro's strategy is to unlock shareholder value by increasing and developing its significant gold assets in a socially and environmentally responsible manner.